Spec me.. (but don't tell the misses)

30 Jan 2006

I've not upgraded or done anything much hardware for a while just replacing broken bits. I mainly game.

I've got an AMD 64 4000+ (i think) and 4gb of ram. Fairly sure that new system won't be needing any of that old stuff.

I've got 4x250GB 7200 HDD's and a couple or dvd rw's so not needing storage. Run these striped in raid, would be nice to get raid 5 if a mobo will support it, but not essential, raid 1+0 preffered as minimum.

Graphcis i'll be keeping my 9800GTX as it's only 6 months old so not changing that for a while.

I've got around £550 (ish) to play with, so needing Mobo, CPU (and cooler), RAM, PSU and if you can find a nice looking case one of those, but i could live with what i've already got in that dept.

Don't mind AMD or INTEL (but i do like the idea of the i7's).

Ohh, it will also be living at one end of the living room so quiet running would be nice.

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15 Nov 2008
Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - OEM + Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Game £139.99 (£121.73)
Corsair HX 650W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-650HXUK) £96.99 (£84.34)
Silverstone Sugo SG01B-F Evolution Aluminium Micro-ATX Case - Black (No PSU) £89.99 (£78.25)
Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard £86.99 (£75.64)
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) £66.99 (£58.25)
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 1156) £7.99 (£6.95)
Sub Total : £425.16
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £11.75
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £65.54
Total : £502.45

This is mATX system, very good for living room PCs, the i5 is nice and cool/power efficient and should help towards a quiet system, you dont really need 650W but they dont do a 550W modular
30 Jan 2006
thanks for the quick reply. I guess it was optimistic thinking i7 at that price range.

EDIT: Just looking at the case, I like the idea of mATX but I've got 4x 2.5 HDD i want in it. THIs will only take two. I'd also like to upgrade in a few months and add a SSD to it, this won't give enough expansion. THough I was surprised to see such a small box say it can handle 12" expansion cards.
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20 Feb 2007
Staffs, UK.
How about this, plenty of space for hdd's, will run cool and quiet, and the case isn't too in your face, so should fit in well in your lounge.

Mainboard does RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 and has plenty of room for expansion.


You could go down the core i7 route but it would mean sticking with your existing case, either that or stick very cheapskate components in.

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